April 29, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; A picture of the Boston Red Sox logo and a field bag during pre-match training between the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Field. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Two weeks into the season, the Red Sox are already battling COVID issues on their roster. On Monday, the team announced that catcher Kevin Plawecki and two employees were tested positive. Now more players are joining them.
On Tuesday, catcher Christian Vazquez and infielder Jonathan Arauz was also added to the COVID-19 claims list. According to manager Alex Cora, all three players are vaccinated, which means they can return to the team when they test negative and do not have to take a mandatory quarantine beyond that.
To complete the list, the Red Sox called catchers Connor Wong and Ronaldo Hernandez, outfielder Rob Refsnyder and pitcher Tyler Danish from Triple-AAA Worcester. Wong, who was acquired by the team in the Mookie Betts trade, is expected to start while Vazquez and Plawecki are unavailable.
In an extra roster move, the team placed starting pitcher Rich Hill on the mourning list. Hill’s father died late last week.
The Red Sox play the first game in a series of three games against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. It will be the first night match of the year for the team in Boston.
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